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Ellen: I'm the New Judge on 'American Idol'

9/9/2009 9:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula Abdul's vacant seat at the judges table on "American Idol" has officially been filled ... by Ellen DeGeneres.



Ellen announced the big news during a taping of her talk show today, saying "I have a big announcement to make. No one knows this ... I am going to be the new judge on 'American Idol.'"

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TweeT    

YES I LUV U ELLEN THAT WOULD BEE COOL "

1819 days ago
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Christy    

This is a joke, right? What does she know about the music business? She's a talk show host/comedian. We'll see if it's true. I don't watch SYTYCD but she'd be much better off replacing that lunatic woman judge on that show. She needs to be locked up in a psych ward. Paula on the other hand needs to be involuntarily placed in a rehab facility. She's obvious got issues. Oh well, with Ellen it would at least be more funny.

1819 days ago
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Stella Nixx    

Alright Ellen .. congratulations !

1819 days ago
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Whatever    


Ellen doesn't know anything about judging music or music ingeneral. This should be good. YIKES!!!

1819 days ago
20.

Love me some TMZ    

gross

1819 days ago
21.

Yolanda Nixon    

This is good news. A great replacement for a not so great judge.

1819 days ago
22.

cyndi    

I LOVE YOU ELLEN!
How will you find the time?

1819 days ago
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Lisa in Tennessee    

I like Ellen and think she is really funny and all but I hope its not a bit too much exposure. Its kind of like Rachel Ray, she is great in limited doses. Overexposure can make the greatest stars be annoying after a while.

1819 days ago
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b-rad    

I respect the opinion of anyone who has had the oppotunity to yodel into Portia DeRossi's canyon.

1819 days ago
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Robin    

Don't get me wrong, I love Ellen, but what does she know about music? It doesn't make sense. She's not in the music biz, she's a comedian!? We will just have to wait and see what happens.

1819 days ago
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meme    

Awesome!! Ellen rocks.

1819 days ago
27.

Pierce Aero    

Wow. She's the only one "Nice" enough to take Paula's place. Sort of a Smooth Move, it it is true.

1819 days ago
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Kim    

How UTTERLY ridiculous. Surely this is a joke.

1819 days ago
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miss krys    

I think that it'll be great having someone on who is not a singer nor a performer. I mean she does comedy and is a host but it would be like one of us (a home viewer) getting in there and having a voice. I don't know if I'm explaining it the way I'm thinking but I hope you all get what I'm trying to say.

In a nut shell her judging won't be based on musical background or the music industry or whatever "look" or "physical appearance" AI is shooting for, it will just be for overall performance and talent. I like that.

1819 days ago
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MissThing    

FLAWLESS !!!!!!! AWESOME...... FU PAULA !!!!

1819 days ago
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